Jobcentre Plus

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job centres there were on 1 January (a) 2010 and (b) 2015; and how many job centres have closed since 1 January 2010.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

On 1st January 2010, there were 781 Jobcentres. On 1st January 2015, there were 714 Jobcentres.

21 Jobcentres have been co-located with Local Authorities in close proximity to their previous locations. These co-locations have been welcomed by the Local Authorities and other stakeholders like the Citizen Advice Bureaux.

During the same period there has been a reduction of over 51% in the number claiming Jobseekers Allowance.

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